Christopher Cornell, the Ohio man who was arrested in January of 2015 over a plot to attack targets in Washington DC and is a self described member of ISIS, called a local news station and gave an unexpected phone interview last year from the detention facility where he is being held.
His comments went viral after he claimed that ISIS terrorists were present in multiple states and that multiple attacks would be taking place. In some ways, he might have been right. Several attacks, including the San Bernadino terror attacks took place after his interview.
Now, a federal judge has sealed his fate. According to a report from The Daily Beast:
An Ohio man who planned to kill President Barack Obama during the 2015 State of the Union address was sentenced Monday to 30 years behind bars. Christopher Lee Cornell, who said he was inspired by the Islamic State terror group, responded to his sentencing by saying, “Allah’s in control, not the judge.”
In his prior interview interview, Cornell issued some chilling warnings:
“I got orders from the brothers overseas because I’m with the Islamic State. My brothers over there, in Syria and Iraq, gave me specific orders to carry out jihad in the west, so I did so.”
“What do I think is coming? Many things. There will be many, many attacks. Like I said, we are ready for the battle over the Capitol.”
“We are pretty strong. Yes, yes. In every state like I said. We’re in Texas. We’re in Ohio. We’re in New York City. We’re in Washington, DC. We’re in every single state you can name, just about.”
In the interview, Cornell also admitted that had he not been arrested by the FBI he would have carried out his plan to attack the US Capitol and Israeli Embassy with pipe bombs and firearms.
According to USA Today, this is the timeline followed by Cornell for his potential involvement with ISIS:
– Summer 2014. Christopher Cornell establishes Twitter account under the name Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah and posts content indicating support of the Islamic State and violent jihad.
– Aug. 29. Cornell writes an instant message to an FBI informant that he had been in contact with persons overseas and did not think he would receive specific authorization to conduct a terrorist attack here.
– Oct. 17 and 18. Cornell meets with an FBI informant, says he needs weapons to use in December and shows jihadist videos and information about building bombs from his laptop.
– Nov. 10 and 11. Cornell and the informant meet again. Cornell indicates that he considers members of Congress as enemies and intends to attack the Capitol.
– Jan. 14 2015. Cornell buys two M-15 semi-automatic rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition from a Cincinnati-area gun shop. FBI agents arrest him immediately afterward.